A feature, not a bug
Bruce Gottfred notices in the Globe what is probably the most compelling reason for Harper to force an election sooner rather than later:
Key measures of the government's February budget, including billions for child care, cities and the environment will immediately "vanish" if the Conservatives pull the plug on the minority Parliament, the Prime Minister's Office warns.
The title of the Globe story is actually, "Budget's big plans in peril". Say it ain't so!
Pace Paul Wells, I think the Martin government's seemingly paralyzed agenda is probably the biggest thing they have going for them.